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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / earth day themed tee to dress recon (inspired by vegbee tute!) on: April 22, 2007 07:10:02 AM
when i saw vegbee's t-shirt to dress tute, i knew i wanted to make my daughter a dress for earth day from one of my old environmental tees.  i took a few shortcuts, so it's not as cute, but more instantaneous gratification.  Smiley  (and thanks, vegbee, for the tute and all your inspired creations)  Smiley

started with a HUGE old tshirt (with a endangered turtle iron-on i did years ago) and a swing top she's outgrown (size 24 mo) that was too stained to sell at the consignment store.



used an existing dress that fits her ok as the basic template.  you can see how ridiculously big the tee is here, it was a 'one size fits all'.  i wanted a cap sleeve effect, so i measured about an inch and a half from the shoulder seam of the template dress at the top and tapered from there to the armpit seam at the bottom of the sleeve.


 
so, shortcut from vegbee's tute #1 - leave in original neck.  it's a little big, but her head is too.  heh.  Smiley  shortcut #2, no set in sleeves, extend the shoulder for a cap sleeve effect and use the binding from the armholes on the too-small shirt to finish.  her arms are still plenty skinny for the little armholes.  (this was actually the part that took the longest, using a seam ripper to take off the armhole binding from the tiny shirt).  shortcut #3 - using existing ruffle from shirt instead of making one.  i hate gathering almost as much as setting sleeves, so i made the bottom of the dress small enough to use the ruffle i cut off of the tiny shirt. 

here's an action shot, she's wiggling to make the dress swing back and forth.



the tiny shirt had bugs embroidered on it, i'm thinking about making her a tiny bag so she has a whole eco-themed outfit.  Smiley
hope you all like it, and happy earth day!  Smiley
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / eco-friendly challenge for earth day (april 22) on: March 11, 2007 03:24:56 PM
how about an 'eco-friendly' crafting challenge in honor of earth day for april?  eco-friendly could be defined in lots of different ways, either by the message (make earth day shirts, clock that says 'time for change', etc) or the materials (use only organic cotton, non-toxic paint, recycled stuff headed for the trash, etc).  part of the challenge would be explaining how your entry is eco-friendly.   i think this would be a great and positive challenge theme, so many of us already do recon-type projects that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch from normal, but it would help showcase things we are doing for the environment.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Goooo Wonderpets, YAY!! on: November 05, 2006 04:04:59 PM
OK, those of you who don't have preschoolers are probably not familiar with the Wonderpets, they are a show on Nick Jr about classroom pets that save animals in trouble.  My daughter went as Linny the guinea pig.  I made everything except the hat.




And here's a pic of our model.


She just loves to play Linny and sing the songs from the show, so I hope we will get more use out of this!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink/Navy Pinwheels for Baby - first project post! on: October 14, 2006 07:16:29 PM
Ok, this is my first post with pictures, so please feel free to give me craftster/photobucket advice as well as quilt comments!  (please ignore the unmade bed!)  Smiley

This is a quilt I made for a co-workers baby girl about 4 years ago.  I fell in love with the pink/navy plaid flannel and had to use it.  The other fabrics on the top are pink and navy solid flannels, and the backing is pink fleece.  I think (trying to remember, it's been a while) that I just used a light batting because the fabrics were so heavy.



And here's my crafting shame - you can see the horrible job of quilting on the back.  I ended up just quilting around the squares - I was running out of time before the baby shower - I had intended to quilt through the pinwheel design.



This is one of my first quilts, the pinwheels are a little off in places, but I love the colors, plus I wanted to test photobucket and I had these pics already.  So, what do y'all think?  (yes, i'm an okie and you all are "y'all")  Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / ramadan, anyone? on: September 07, 2006 06:52:26 PM
ok, my husband is moroccan and celebrates ramadan every year - although he's not otherwise religious at all, pretty much the same way most americans celebrate christmas even if they don't otherwise consider themselves christians.  anyway, ramadan is 30 days of fasting during daylight hours, it begins on september 24 this year, at the end of the 30 days is a big celebration called eid-al-fitr.  (yes, this is the cliff notes, very simplified version)  i was wondering if anyone had any crafting ideas that are ramadan-themed, especially for small gift items to give to friends on eid-al-fitr.  my husband is no help at all, he is an engineer and completely creativity-deficient.  Smiley  so i'd appreciate any ideas for gifts, and also any recipes that anyone has to share!  thanks!
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